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Luce

Opening Night Film – Luce

Thursday, April 25 @ 7:30 pm | Edwards Big Newport 1

A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student.

Live Performance

Opening Night Gala

Thursday, April 25 @ 10:00 pm | Fashion Island

Presented by Pacific Sales, the Opening Night Gala will feature a hosted bar by Tito’s Vodka with culinary tastings from Orange County’s premier restaurants as well as an exclusive performance by the band Side Deal.

Filmmaker Brunch

Friday, April 26 @ 11:00 am | Newport Beach Marriot Hotel & Spa

Please join us for the Newport Beach Film Festival’s Filmmaker Brunch and Bowl hosted by Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. This is a private event; only open to those with proper NBFF20 credentials and an invitation will gain entrance.

NBFF Friday Night Sunset Series at Sherman Gardens
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Friday Sunset Series Reception

Friday, April 26 @ 5:00 pm | Sherman Library & Gardens

Please join us for the Newport Beach Film Festival’s Opening Sunset Series Reception hosted by the Sherman Library and Gardens. With tastings provided by Cafe Jardin and hosted bar by Tito's Vodka.

Float Like a Butterfly

Float Like A Butterfly

Friday, April 26 @ 5:30 pm | Triangle theater 6

Raised in roadside camps in rural Ireland, Frances wants to champion her people inside the boxing ring and out, like her idol Muhammad Ali. But society is determined to break her spirit and destroy her way of life. And her father, once her greatest ally, is too defeated himself to imagine any better for his daughter. But Frances was not born to be broken. In the mother of all fights, she must dig deep to find in herself the champion…

Shorts Program

Short, Urgent, and True Docs

Friday, April 26 @ 5:30 pm | Triangle theater 9

Four compelling documentary films convey the message of courage and hope in the midst of conflict.  

Maxima This land of Mine

Maxima: This land of Mine

Friday, April 26 @ 5:30 pm | Triangle theater 9

On a remote farm deep in the Peruvian Andes, a farmer is putting a halt to the plans of one of the biggest mining companies in the world enduring 5 years of court proceedings.

Guns Found Here

Guns Found Here

Friday, April 26 @ 5:30 pm | Triangle theater 9

With all the gun violence in America, tracing a gun follows a paper trail at the National Tracing Center of the ATF. There's a lot to manually sort through.

The Guinness World Record SurfingCircleofHonorLargestRecorded Paddle Out in the World

Surfing Circle of Honor For Surfers by Surfers

Friday, April 26 @ 5:30 pm | Triangle theater 9

The Guinness World Record Surfing Circle of Honor, Largest Recorded Paddle Out in the World! For surfers by surfers.

Happy Face

Happy Face

Friday, April 26 @ 5:45 pm | Triangle theater 7

Desperate to become less shallow and reconnect with his cancer-stricken mother, a handsome teenage boy deforms his face with bandages and attends a support group for disfigured people.

Heavy Water

Heavy Water

Friday, April 26 @ 6:00 pm | Lido Theater

Professional big wave surfer Nathan Fletcher and fellow surf and skateboard legends tell the stories of pursuing their passions.

Right To Harm

Right to Harm

Friday, April 26 @ 6:00 pm | Triangle theater 5

An exposé on the public health impact of factory farming across the United States, told through the eyes of residents in five rural communities.

Parallel Love The Story of a Band Called Luxury

Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury

Friday, April 26 @ 6:00 pm | Triangle theater 4

The journey of Luxury, a small-town band from Georgia on the cusp of success, their touring wreck and consequences, and what they have become now - Eastern Orthodox priests.

Two Sides
Shorts Program

UK Shorts

Friday, April 26 @ 6:00 pm | THE LOT theater 3

Fighting through adversity is something that the British people are no stranger to, whether they be from the hills of Scotland or the streets of London.  

1745

1745

Friday, April 26 @ 6:00 pm

Two young black slaves escape into the wilderness of 18th century Scotland.

My Time

My Time

Friday, April 26 @ 6:00 pm

A 12-year-old girl has her first period right before she has a presentation in front of her entire class.

Gerry

Gerry

Friday, April 26 @ 6:00 pm

Whilst clearing out her deceased husband's belongings, Hilda unearths a long-buried secret.

Knock at the Door

Knock at the Door

Friday, April 26 @ 6:00 pm

An elderly woman relaxing at home is interrupted by a charming stranger at her doorstop.

Holding Space

Holding Space

Friday, April 26 @ 6:00 pm

A documentary about preparing for death, told through the connection between a patient and their end of life doula.

Two Sides

Two Sides

Friday, April 26 @ 6:00 pm

An emerging property developer and a struggling electrician's lives intertwine leaving them with a new perspective.

Anam

Anam

Friday, April 26 @ 6:00 pm

A single father struggling with PTSD struggles to reconnect to his family, his home and to the man he once was.

Tin City

Tin City

Friday, April 26 @ 6:15 pm | THE LOT theater 2

Follow a rebellious and creative community of innovative winemakers, brew and cider makers, and distillers pushing the boundaries of their craft in lush Paso Robles wine country.

Eggs Zombies and Bacon
Shorts Program

Down Her Shorts

Friday, April 26 @ 6:30 pm | Triangle theater 8

A kinky collection of films exploring female sexuality designed for an adult audience!  

Serpentine

Serpentine

Friday, April 26 @ 6:30 pm | Triangle theater 8

Follow a young woman through a moment of self-realization. In the midst of reflective fantasy, her thoughts of herself arouse a surreal exploration of sensuality, self-esteem, and deeply rooted fears.

Eggs Zombies and Bacon

Eggs, Zombies, and Bacon

Friday, April 26 @ 6:30 pm | Triangle theater 8

After an unexpected one-night-stand, Rachel is now awkwardly trapped in the house with last night's lover because... well… zombies.

Library Hours

Library Hours

Friday, April 26 @ 6:30 pm | Triangle theater 8

A recent widow named Camille falls into a strange, long-distance courtship with a librarian named Delphine, her dead husband's first wife.

Untitled Groping Revenge Fairytale

Untitled Groping Revenge Fairytale

Friday, April 26 @ 6:30 pm | Triangle theater 8

A woman pitches a tent on the edge of a forest and starts to collect men.

GIRL TALK

Girl Talk

Friday, April 26 @ 6:30 pm | Triangle theater 8

Centered around the complexities of sex, love and intimacy through the lens of Mia, a young and queer-identified protagonist.

Looking Ceremony

The Looking Ceremony [El Miramiento]

Friday, April 26 @ 6:30 pm | Triangle theater 8

The day of her “Looking ceremony” Isa is not sure of committing herself to Carlos, a gypsy from a good family.

Labial Quintet

Labial Quintet

Friday, April 26 @ 6:30 pm | Triangle theater 8

An attempt to locate the five basic labia shapes.

Dressed for Pleasure

Dressed for Pleasure

Friday, April 26 @ 6:30 pm | Triangle theater 8

Sarah, a disabled girl aged twenty, lives with her parents. She is increasingly subject to many fantasies and sees her sexuality taking up more and more of her attention.

The Etruscan Smile

Friday Spotlight – The Etruscan Smile

Friday, April 26 @ 8:00 pm | Triangle theater 6

Rory, a rugged Scotsman, reluctantly leaves his beloved Hebridean island and travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment. Moving in with his estranged son, Rory sees his life transformed through a newly found bond with his grandson.

A Rockefeller Christmas
Shorts Program

Not Short on Romance

Friday, April 26 @ 8:00 pm | Triangle theater 9

Romance means different things to different people, so come experience these tales of love.  

Speechless

Speechless

Friday, April 26 @ 8:00 pm | Triangle theater 9

Amber is a waitress in a bar where time seems to have stopped. She keeps dreaming about true love.

Once Upon a Time My Prince Will Come

Once Upon a Time My Prince Will Come [Il était Une Fois Mon Prince Viendra]

Friday, April 26 @ 8:00 pm | Triangle theater 9

While dreaming of a Prince Charming, Luna crosses paths with a trash can of money and a man who stutters.

A Rockefeller Christmas

A Rockefeller Christmas

Friday, April 26 @ 8:00 pm | Triangle theater 9

Rockefeller Center over the course of 3 years on Christmas captures heartwarming moments in this love letter to New York City and true love.

What You and I Share With the Salmon

What You and I Share With the Salmon

Friday, April 26 @ 8:00 pm | Triangle theater 9

During the difficult birth of his son, an anxious soon-to-be father reflects on moments of sexual development & salmon.

8

8

Friday, April 26 @ 8:00 pm | Triangle theater 9

A selfish and sexist billiard player, that hustles for a living struggles to seduce a quiet woman pool master.

With You Always

With You Always

Friday, April 26 @ 8:00 pm | Triangle theater 9

Mark falls for a woman who works in a flower shop. With the help of his closest confidant he bravely asks her out.

Geoff

Geoff

Friday, April 26 @ 8:00 pm | Triangle theater 9

Geoff must confront his fear of crossing bridges, or lose what he loves.

The Tomorrow Man
With Guests

Friday Spotlight – The Tomorrow Man

Friday, April 26 @ 8:15 pm | Triangle theater 5

In a small town somewhere in America, a disaster prepper and a hoarder will try to find love while trying not to get lost in each other's stuff.

ONLY-YOU

UK Spotlight – Only You

Friday, April 26 @ 8:15 pm | THE LOT theater 3

Elena and Jake meet by chance on New Years Eve, arguing for the same taxi. However, instead of going their separate ways after sharing a taxi ,they start a passionate relationship.

Pink Wall

Friday Spotlight – Pink Wall

Friday, April 26 @ 8:30 pm | Triangle theater 4

Six scenes. Six years. Six moments that shaped the relationship of Jenna and Leon.

Deadtectives

Deadtectives

Friday, April 26 @ 8:30 pm | Triangle theater 7

To avoid cancellation, TV ghost hunters are dispatched to Mexico’s most haunted mansion and must deliver their best episode yet. Prepared to fake the episode with special effects and a new producer, the group discovers the true dark secrets of the mansion and must figure out how to bust the ghosts without any real skills.

Pick It Up! - Ska in the 90s

Pick It Up! – Ska In The ’90s

Friday, April 26 @ 8:30 pm | Lido Theater

The story of the rise and fall of third wave ska music in the 1990s, featuring members of Reel Big Fish, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, No Doubt, Sublime, Save Ferris, Fishbone, Less Than Jake and many more.